Oregon Beach News, Monday 4/26 – Update: Man Kills Self and 2 Others On Hwy 101 Crash; Two Dead in Seaside Motorcycle Crash

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Oregon Beach Weather

Today- Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 54. South wind 6 to 9 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday- Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday- Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Calm wind becoming north northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday- Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61.

Friday- A chance of rain, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.

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Oregon reports 780 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

There is one new COVID-19 related death in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,485. The Oregon Health Authority reported 780 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 bringing the state total to 180,700.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (8), Clackamas (89), Clatsop (1), Columbia (8), Coos (3), Crook (15), Deschutes (85), Douglas (4), Grant (27), Hood River (2), Jackson (15), Jefferson (1), Josephine (10), Klamath (37), Lake (1), Lane (36), Lincoln (6), Linn (31), Malheur (1), Marion (111), Morrow (2), Multnomah (169), Polk (8), Tillamook (2), Union (1), Wasco (3), Washington (81) and Yamhill (21).

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 33,721 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 25,099 doses were administered on April 24 and 8,622 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on April 24.

The 7-day running average is now 34,852 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 1,476,008 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,229,881 first and second doses of Moderna and 92,058 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date, 1,731,015 doses of Pfizer, 1,454,400 doses of Moderna and 215,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change. OHA’s dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.

OHA Clears Health Care Providers To Resume Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations With Informed Decision-Making In Patient Languages

Oregon health care providers and pharmacies may resume administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine if they can ensure patients or their caregivers are informed about the benefits and risks of the vaccine in their primary language.

The Oregon Health Authority issued guidance to health care providers earlier today. Currently, there are approximately 124,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that have been stored at Oregon vaccination sites, while providers awaited resolution of the recent federal and Western States safety reviews.

On April 13, the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended a pause on use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following reports of rare and serious blood clots in a small number of people, out of the approximately 7.5 million people who’d been vaccinated at the time.

Yesterday, the Food and Drug administration lifted the pause, with a warning about the potential for rare blood clots for women under age 50. The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup also found that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is “generally safe and effective and that the resumption of its use is warranted once culturally and linguistically appropriate patient and provider educational materials in plain language that support informed decision-making are available.”

Medical experts on the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup also stated: “resumption of its use will support COVID-19 vaccine uptake and help reduce severe COVID-19 illnesses and control the pandemic in our states.”

According to OHA’s guidance to health care providers:

Vaccine providers in Oregon may now resume the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine so long as they ensure that recipients or their caregivers receive the new warning information regarding thrombosis and thrombopenia. This information must be provided in the individual’s primary language or in a manner that the individual can understand, considering English language proficiency and Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility needs. Updated fact sheets including this warning have been approved by the FDA, including the Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers administering vaccine and the Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers.

OHA’s guidance also states: “Recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be made aware of this rare potential risk of blood clots within the first three weeks of vaccination. Clinical characteristics include clots in the cerebral, extremity, pulmonary or splanchnic vasculature. Symptoms may include severe or unusual headache, leg pain, shortness of breath, or abdominal pain; petechiae in the arms and shins indicating thrombocytopenia. Those who develop such symptoms should be advised to seek medical attention immediately … Vaccine providers should make information available about which vaccine is available at their site.”

More information about vaccinations in Oregon is available at covidvaccine.oregon.gov. — Oregon Health Authority

Officials Say B.1.1.7 Variant Now Responsible for Most COVID-19 Cases in Oregon

B.1.1.7 was first detected last December in the U.K. as it sent COVID-19 cases skyrocketing and some studies say led to an increase in more serious disease, including a 55% increase in death. A definite answer is still unclear, however, with at least two other studies finding B.1.1.7 didn’t result in more hospitalizations or severe cases.

Officials warned the American public in February that they expected B.1.1.7 to become the dominant strain in the U.S. by March, and one study found the variant was doubling in cases every 10 days. On April 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it had become the dominant strain in the U.S. — with some estimates pinning it at 50% more contagious than the previous most common strain in the country.

It took roughly two more weeks — after the CDC’s April 7 announcement — before Oregon officials concluded B.1.1.7 was accounting for most cases in Oregon, as well.

Oregon Health Authority spokeswoman Erica Heartquist said there’s a weeks-long lag in data reporting.

In the third week of March, B.1.1.7 accounted for 8% of cases analyzed for variants. A week later, that tripled to 24% and rose to 30% by the following week. The next week — April 4 to 10 — B.1.1.7 made up an eye-opening 53% of all cases where genomic sequencing testing had been done. That’s the latest data state officials have available.

Officials say they can’t extrapolate with certainty to say that by April 10 B.1.1.7 was accounting for 53% of all coronavirus cases in Oregon, because only about 3% of cases in Oregon are analyzed for variants. But the rapid rise in B.1.1.7 cases has led Oregon officials to feel confident in saying B.1.1.7 is dominating — surpassing strains first identified in California.

“This has very real implications for the surge that we appear to be entering now,” said Heartquist, in an email.

New cases over the past two weeks have been accelerating faster in Oregon than in any other state in the country — with a 63% increase in the past two weeks, according to The New York Times’ ranking of states. Oregon ranks 25th overall in new cases per capita over that same time period.

Over the past month, cases have ballooned from a daily average of 281 to 776 as of Saturday, a 176% increase. The number of hospitalized patients has grown from 109 a month ago to 295 as of Saturday, a 171% jump.

Reported deaths have held steady from a month ago, at three a day. But experts say when cases and hospitalizations increase, deaths often increase weeks later. It’s unclear, however, to what extent deaths might rise because so many of the Oregonians most at risk of dying — seniors — have already been vaccinated in the first waves of the vaccine rollout.

Besides variants such as B.1.1.7, experts agree that human behavior is feeding the surge. “Basic public health interventions — masking, physical distancing and avoiding social gatherings — have never been more important,” Heartquist stated.

Gov. Brown to Close Indoor Dining Next Friday in Some Counties if COVID Hospitalizations Keep Spiking

In her most serious and stark tone in weeks, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that she will shut down indoor dining in bars and restaurants in Oregon’s hardest-hit counties as soon as the end of next week if COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to surge.

Brown said despite her best efforts to keep the economy open while holding back on virus-control measures, she will cancel a “warning week” buffer and immediately move what looks like a dozen counties into an “extreme risk” category by next Friday if the number of statewide hospitalized patients reaches 300.

Oregon’s data cutoff for calculating risk metrics and restrictions is typically Saturday – but Brown will review the latest hospitalization data before announcing any restrictions, with an announcement likely
Tuesday.

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UPDATE: Man Killed Self and 2 Others On Hwy 101 Crash

A 32-year-old man from Humboldt County who was arrested last month for allegedly entering an Orick motel room uninvited and brandishing a knife at the room’s occupant, reportedly killed himself and two others last week by intentionally crashing his Mitsubishi Eclipse into an oncoming car while evading authorities on Highway 101 in Coos County, Oregon.

The man who drove a red sports car into oncoming traffic Thursday on the Oregon Coast, killing himself and both people in the other vehicle, was arrested in Northern California last month after he entered a motel room and brandished a knife while threatening to stab the occupant of the room. He then left the room and vandalized the victim’s car before running off.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said 32-year-old Cory Marcus Orsenico was arrested the morning of March 10 at a motel in Orick, California. Deputies booked him on charges of Exhibiting a Deadly Weapon other than a Firearm and Vandalism, as well as a probation violation.

Deputies responded to the disturbance around 9:31 a.m. that day. They located Orsenico and his vehicle parked along Highway 101 and detained him.

Some 43 days later, reports of Orsenico’s driving in the Port Orford, Oregon, area started pouring in to 911 around 7:15 a.m. Thursday, April 22.Dispatchers received multiple reports around 8 a.m. Thursday, April 22, reporting “a red Mitsubishi Eclipse bearing California license plate 4NDF245 being driven dangerously,” the sheriff’s office said.

“Reports indicated the vehicle travelling in the Bandon area, and included unlawful u-turns on the highway, excessive speeds and near collisions with other vehicles.” At about 8:17 am, the vehicle was involved in a crash that tragically resulted in multiple fatalities on Highway 101 near mile marker 247.

The deadly crash and events leading up to are now under investigation by state and local law enforcement. They ask anyone with information about the red Mitsubishi Eclipse or who saw the vehicle between the hours of 7 a.m. and and 8:20 a.m. between Langlois and the intersection of Highway 101 and Highway 42 is asked to call the Coos County Dispatch non-emergency number at 541-396-2106. (CCSO)

“Over the following hour, Orsenico was reported multiple times for increasingly dangerous driving, including speeding, swerving in and out of lanes, passing on corners, making sudden u-turns, cutting off vehicles including semi-trucks, speeding through the school zone in Bandon at over 60 mph and running red lights without slowing,” the sheriff’s office said. “Police from several agencies were attempting to locate Orsenico, as he was endangering people with his reckless driving.”

According to the Coos County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle involved had been reported in Curry County as early as 6:30 a.m., as far south as Gold Beach.

At mile marker 247 on Highway 101 near the Belloni Boys Ranch, law enforcement officers from the Oregon State Police and Bandon Department located Orsenico.

When a trooper turned to pursue Orsenico, the two vehicles were involved in a minor collision before the suspect again sped off – now heading southbound, the sheriff’s office said.

“Investigating officers have reason to believe that Orsenico travelled from the slow lane of the three lane highway to the fast lane, then crossed the double yellow line before intentionally colliding with the vehicle in the opposing lane,” the sheriff’s office said.

The crash killed Orsenico and both people in the other vehicle. The sheriff identified the victims Friday as 54-year-old Dawn Adams and 78-year-old Jeffrey Adams, both of Bandon. Both died at the scene.

Two Dead in Seaside Motorcycle Crash

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Two people are dead after a motorcycle crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Seaside overnight Friday.

At approximately 1 a.m. Friday morning, a male and female were traveling northbound when they left the roadway near the fueling station across the highway from TLC Federal Credit Union, Seaside police said.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Theft Suspects Arrested in Curry County

In response to a rash of mail theft and other theft complaints Curry County Sheriff’s Patrol units have been concentrating on numerous complaints from multiple residents regarding a suspicious black sedan or a suspicious tan Chevy pickup truck slowly traveling up and down Winchuck River Road taking mail out of mailboxes and packages off of porches.

Patrol Deputies were able to identify the suspects as forty-one year old Jennifer Cooper and thirty-nine year old Robert Sutherland, both transients out of Brookings. This was accomplished after the two were caught on surveillance camera during a mail theft.

In at least six separate instances on Winchuck River Road when mail theft was reported, the caller provided the same description. The description was of a male and female in either a dark Mercedes sedan or an older tan Chevy pickup truck. The male and female were both described as having longer dark hair; the male was described as “skinny”. The vehicle description matched the images observed on the surveillance footage.

Deputies became aware that Sutherland had several outstanding warrants for his arrest. Deputies located the campsite of Sutherland and Cooper on the Forrest Service 1108 Road off of Winchuck River Road.

On 04-21-2021 several Deputies responded to the location of the camp site which is approximately 2 miles up the Forrest Service 1108 Road in an attempt to locate Southerland and apprehend him for his warrants. When Deputies knocked on the door of Sutherland’s trailer, he initially answered the door and after noticing it was law enforcement, Sutherland receded into the trailer and refused to come out.

Only after realizing any escape route was covered by a K9 Officer, Sutherland surrendered and he was taken into custody. Cooper, who was also inside the trailer exited and advised Deputies they had her consent to check the trailer for any other people who may be inside.

Once inside the trailer, a Deputy observed several packages and envelopes in plain view that appeared to have been shipped through the mail. Deputies also observed what appeared to be a bag of methamphetamine and a glass smoking device inside the trailer in plain view.

Based on Cooper, Sutherland and their perspective vehicles matching the suspect descriptions in the recent thefts, Deputies informed Cooper that she was not free to leave.

Cooper was advised the Sheriff’s Office would be seizing the trailer and her vehicle as evidence and would be applying for a search warrant.  Cooper said something to the effect of “you’re not taking my car” and she then got into her vehicle and fled.  In the process of doing so, Cooper backed over several items and had to swerve around several Sheriff’s vehicles all the while being given lawful commands to stop.

Cooper and her vehicle were located a short time later at 01118 Winchuck River Road. Cooper was arrested and her vehicle was towed and secured pending a search warrant application. Sutherland’s vehicle was also seized and towed to a secured lot for process of applying for a search warrant.

Patrol Deputies contacted Detectives and asked for assistance in securing a search warrant. At approximately 8:00 PM application was made and a search warrant was granted for the search of the travel trailer belonging to Cooper and Sutherland. In the process of executing the search warrant, property of at least 8 other people was located. The property recovered included bank cards, credit cards, pay stubs, refund checks, bank statements and the complete contents of one person’s wallet.

On 04-22-2021 after search warrants for Sutherland’s and Cooper’s vehicles were granted, the vehicles were searched and additional stolen items recovered.  The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation. 

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office asks the public to contact our office if they were the victim of recent mail theft, or have observed the above listed suspects or vehicles committing thefts or acting suspiciously in their area: https://www.co.curry.or.us/government/county_sheriff/index.php  (541) 247-3242 (800) 543-8471

AROUND the STATE of OREGON

OIT Faculty Goes On Strike

The Oregon Tech American Association of University Professors say they have gone on strike effective this morning, after failure to reach agreement in the final negotiation sessions scheduled over the weekend.

In a press release this weekend,, the union said “the strike will not be delayed by senior administration’s recent frivolous petition of the labor board and OT-AAUP will be seeking dismissal of the petition.

After almost 18 months of bargaining a new contract, Oregon Tech on Wednesday filed an unfair labor practices complaint against the faculty union and petitioned the Oregon Employment Relations Board to declare the strike scheduled for Monday unlawful.

The university accused the union of bargaining in bad faith and causing unnecessary delays at the bargaining table. While some tentative agreements were reached in negotiations last week, the parties have continued to negotiate over faculty salary and workload guidelines.

Oregon National Guard Soldiers Mobilized to Support NATO Partners in Poland

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The Oregon Army National Guard is deploying approximately 130 Soldiers assigned to Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment to Poland to support the European Deterrence Initiative as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The Soldiers were formally mobilized in a ceremony held on April 25, at the West Albany High School football stadium as family, friends and co-workers were in attendance to send them off prior to their upcoming deployment.

The unit has been deployed in 2009 to Iraq and as part of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) to Afghanistan in 2014. In 2015, 1-82 Cavalry was selected to participate in the West Coast Stryker Brigade Transformation and became part of the 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Headquarter in Washington State. —Oregon Military Department

Talent Food Truck Featured in Commercial on the Oscars

If you watched the Oscars Sunday night you might have noticed that a Talent food truck was in the national spotlight. Starring in a national commercial during the Academy Awards program!

The Daddy Ramen Food Truck landed in the commercial after the ad’s director heard about the devastating fire that destroyed the truck as well as the owner’s home.

The Asian cuisine has been providing meals to those in need for years, but the owner lost his home and the food truck in the Almeda Fire. Co-Owner Phoenix Sigalove says the director saw his story and wanted to feature him and his wife in the commercial.

“Starting with losing everything in the fire to being supported so beautifully by our community in the most unexpected ways and the icing on the cake has been to be able to have this incredible opportunity,” said Sigalove.

Sigalove and his wife have since gotten another food truck and will begin serving their Asian cuisine in the next few weeks. Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DaddyRamen/

Lower Your Risk: Be Part of National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day!

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May 1st is National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. The 2020 wildfires burned more than a million acres in Oregon and damaged many homes and communities. This year you can help lower fire risks for your community and home!

The National Fire Protection Association encourages everyone to help with wildfire preparedness and reduce fuels around homes. NFPA offers ways to make your home and community safer ahead of fire season here: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/National-Wildfire-Community-Preparedness-Day

COVID-19 has changed life, but community members got creative for events to reduce wildfire risk. While more people work from home and community dynamics differ, you can still be part of Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.

Oregon communities competed nationally for $500 grants to help with Wildfire Community Preparedness Day prevention projects.  

Twenty-four Oregon communities received grants this year. For eight years in a row, State Farm Insurance has funded these grants. Oregon added eight communities to its list of winners this year compared to last year! Nationwide 150 communities will use these awards to reduce wildfire risk and create a safer future!

These 24 Oregon communities received awards:

  • Ashland (13 communities)
  • Eugene
  • Grants Pass
  • McKenzie Bridge
  • Redmond
  • Roseburg
  • Sisters
  • Springfield
  • Sunriver
  • White City
  • Williams (2 communities)

What the experts say:

“Wildfire can happen anytime, anywhere,” said Oregon Department of Forestry’s Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. “The more we can do now to protect our homes and communities before fire strikes, will pay dividends in the long run. With the lion’s share of fires caused by people, it is time we take personal responsibility not only for our property, but also for our actions that could ultimately prevent disaster from striking at all.”

In light of last year’s fires and the ongoing drought, Keep Oregon Green, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and Oregon Department of Forestry are working hard to help people learn about defensible space, an effective way of protecting homes. (Oregon Dept. of Forestry)

Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs said, “We’ve already witnessed wildfire evacuations in April. If a fire accidentally starts on your property, whether by a rekindled debris burn pile or an equipment-sparked fire, it will be unlikely to spread to neighboring houses due to lack of fuel. Defensible space also increases a home’s chances of surviving a wildfire during the heat of summer.”

Office of State Fire Marshal Assistant Chief Deputy Claire McGrew said, “Wildfire safety starts with you and your property. Now is the time to take action to prepare our homes, families, and communities for wildfires by starting on our own property before there is smoke on the horizon.”

Projects for Wildfire Preparedness Day can range from a few hours up to an entire day. These are some examples of what you can do:

• Remove debris and dry leaves within 3 to 5 feet from a home’s foundation and up to 30 feet.

• Keep your roof and gutters free of downed tree limbs, broken branches, and leaves.

• Share wildfire safety information, or order free Firewise materials from the catalog or READY.gov.

• Pool resources to pay for a chipper service or bins to get rid of yard and tree debris.

• Make a map of the community and mark where elderly neighbors and people with animals live and assign helpers to assist these people during an emergency.

Keep Oregon Green is a 501 (c)3 non-profit that promotes programs and messages encouraging the public to work together in their communities to prevent the risk of wildfire. KOG’s work targets residents, particularly those in the wildland-urban interface, and recreationists using Oregon’s public and private lands.

State Farm’s mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto, home and individual life insurance in the United States. They serve more than 83 million policies and accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available.  For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.

National Fire Protection Association wasfounded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

Oregon Department of Forestry’s mission is to serve the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon’s forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability.

The Office of State Fire Marshal’s mission is to protect people, property, and the environment from fire and hazardous materials. The office carries out these duties through prevention education, inspections, code enforcement, and preparedness and response activities. Our vision is to provide premier public safety services.

Fatal Crash in Klamath County

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Two people are dead and others hospitalized after a collision on Spring Lake Road Friday night. Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies, fire & EMS crews from Klamath County Fire District 1, and fire crews from Kingsley Fire, responded to the crash.

The driver and a passenger in one vehicle were pronounced deceased at the scene, and are identified as Jason Carl Anderson and Garrett Carl Anderson.

The driver of the second vehicle was transported to SkyLakes Medical Center for his injuries and two other passengers in the second vehicle were uninjured. The cause of the crash is still under investigation but speed is believed to be a factor. No further information was available at this time.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is prioritizing cases of property damage and violence during demonstrations in Portland.  

District Attorney Mike Schmidt says in a statement that the violence and property destruction witnessed in the city over the last year is “unacceptable” and that it doesn’t align with Portland’s community values.

Schmidt says his office is continuing to “prioritize the prosecution of people who are destroying property and committing violence.

“Recent riotous activity and wanton destruction of private property that targets businesses struggling to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic does not appear connected to the calls for social justice and system reform, which I strongly support. Instead, these destructive acts only serve to harm our community. My office will continue to prosecute acts of violence and property destruction.”

The district attorney’s office reinforced that while they prioritize prosecuting “crimes that endanger life safety and crimes involving property destruction,” they also review felony and misdemeanor cases – including protest-related crimes like Attempted Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Interfering with a Peace or Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct – that are referred by police.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Could Get Boost to Budget

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife would get a 12-percent boost in its budget under a bill that has bipartisan support in Congress.  The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would dedicate one-point-three-billion dollars to state fish and wildlife agencies.

The money would help implement State Wildlife Action Plans, like the Oregon Conservation Strategy.  It would also allocate 97-million dollars to tribal fish and wildlife agencies.  Oregon would get 23-million dollars a year under the bill.

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will provide states, territories, and tribes with $1.39 billion annually to catalyze proactive, on-the-ground, collaborative efforts to restore essential habitat and implement key conservation strategies, as described in each state’s Wildlife Action Plan. This legislation follows the recommendation of a diverse group of conservation and industry leaders—the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources.

Here are some details about the funds and how they will help wildlife and people:

  • The House bill would provide $1.39 billion in dedicated annual funding for proactive, collaborative efforts by the states and tribes to recover wildlife species at risk. 
  • The state agencies have identified 12,000 species of wildlife and plants in need of conservation assistance in their federally-approved State Wildlife Action Plans. These plans would guide spending from the bill. 
  • Tribal Nations would receive $97.5 million annually to fund proactive wildlife conservation efforts on tens of millions of acres of land.
  • At least 10 percent of the resources would be used to recover species listed under the Endangered Species Act.
  • A 2018 report, Reversing America’s Wildlife Crisis: Securing the Future of Our Fish and Wildlife, found that one-third of America’s wildlife species are at increased risk of extinction. More than 150 U.S. species already have gone extinct. Nearly 500 additional species have not been seen in recent decades and are regarded as possibly extinct.

For more information, visit the links below:

State Wildlife Action Plans

Each state’s fish and wildlife agency is responsible for collaboratively developing a State Wildlife Action Plan, which identifies imperiled species in the state and identifies specific actions that would assist with their protection and recovery. Currently these plans have identified more than 12,000 species in need of proactive conservation efforts.

How They Work: Every state has written a State Wildlife Action Plan, which acts like a blueprint for conservation. These Action Plans assess the health of wildlife and habitat in the state, so experts know which species are at risk, and outline steps needed to conserve the “species of greatest conservation need” before they become more rare and costly to protect.

The State and Wildlife Grants Program, initiated in 2000, is currently the main source of federal funding for states and territories as they implement these plans. These funds have begun to see some success recovering wildlife. However it is grossly inadequate, only providing $65 million for all 50 states and territories. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will significantly advance the implementation of these plans, enabling states to recover thousands of at-risk species.

For more information, visit:

About the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
http://www.dfw.state.or.us

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